Muckraker: Grist on Politics

There was plenty of confirmation hearing action on Capitol Hill today, but apparently Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), President-elect Obama’s pick to head the Department of Transportation, was not a part of it. He was slated to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee this morning, but a notice posted on the hearing room door announced that the hearing has been postponed to an indefinite later date.

The New York Times quotes an anonymous Senate aide as saying LaHood’s paperwork had not yet been sent over by the president-elect’s transition staff.

The enviro angle on LaHood, of course, is that he’ll have a role in spending a portion of Obama’s big stimulus bill. Among other things, greens will be pushing for more mass transit funding, not more roads.

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